Hand-forged by Master Blacksmith Sirou Kamo this 11 layer Shirogami (White Steel) collection is amongst the finest examples of Takefu Hot Forging.
A very thin layer of Shirogami Steel is sandwiched between 5 layers of soft iron steel and then forged with a belt hammer first and then with an engineering hammer on an anvil to straighten and realign any distortions and knock out impurities. After final quenching, the blade achieves an outstanding 62:64 HRC hardness and the ultra-thin, light blade cuts like a surgeon’s scalpel whilst being extremely easy to re-sharpen. As the blade is constructed from traditional carbon steel it needs to be washed dried and oiled immediately to prevent excessive oxidization. Without this care, these blades will oxidize.
Note: These blades will oxidize if left damp or wet and should be dried immediately after washing and oiled with a little vegetable oil or Tsubaki (Camelia oil available in the accessories section). These knives are very easy to sharpen on a KC100 Water Wheel, diamond steel or a 1000 grit whetstone.Naikiri: The edge of this shape is almost flat for the entire length and is the consummate knife for the preparation of vegetables. The wide rectangular blade is ideal for scooping and the best shape for vertical chopping of hard and dense foods like cabbages, celeriac etc. Function – Vegetable knife. For Slicing, Dicing and Mincing of vegetables. Normal length – 160mm to 180mm Tip: A few models have a completely flat edge with no curve so if you need to roll cut as well as vertically chop (to Julienne or Chiffonade herbs) select a model that has a slight curve towards the tip. This is the ‘uber’ knife for vegetables.